Summer Playlist: Hollie Cook

Summer is here people! And what better way could there be to enjoy the sunshine than with the laidback reggae sound of Hollie Cook’s second album?

Twice is the follow up to her self-titled 2011 album, which introduced Hollie as a one of the most exciting new female talents on the London music scene.

If you haven’t heard of her yet, she’s the daughter of Sex Pistols’ drummer Paul Cook and Culture Club backing singer Jeni Cook. Add into that mix her godfather – Boy George – and her childhood babysitter – David Bowie – and there’s little wonder that music runs deep in Hollie’s veins. Yet, hers is a truly original sound – a refreshing mix of tropical pop and dub, which combines to produce truly modern reggae… the perfect soundtrack for a British summer.

Twice was produced by the legendary Prince Fatty and kicks off with the tune Ari Up, a tribute to The Slits’ front woman Ari who died in 2010. Hollie provided backing vocals for the band when they re-formed in 2005 and has credited Ari as a mentor in her musical career.

The first single released from the album is Looking For Real Love; a soulful, but up-lifting reaction to losing a lover and learning to love yourself. It’s undoubtedly the ultimate Girl Power tune, and on repeat in my house:

So don your favourite tropical print, pour yourself a rum and sit back and enjoy the sunshine with Hollie’s dulcet tones…

‘Tis the season to get Sampled….

Yes boys and girls, it’s that time of year again when you can head down to East London on Saturday 1st December and grab some new garbs for Crimbo. The first Sampled event was this time last year, and what a year it has been since then! Sampled 2012 promises to be bigger and better than before, with more labels, more records, and more fit boys than you care to dream of! 

The details:

The Orders & Main Squeeze presents


Midday – 6pm
Sat 1st & Sun 2nd December 2012
Vibe Bar, 91-95 Brick Lane, London E1 6QLFREE ENTRY ALL DAYSampled combines a streetwear sample sale with a record fair art sale & club night. Featuring fashion brands at a fraction of their usual price, many of the UK’s best record dealers selling crates of vinyl, DJ’s sets of original Soul, Jazz, Funk & Disco breaks from a great selection of DJs… and a nail bar for the ladies.A great chance for you to do all your Xmas shopping under one roof!

Sampled hand picks your favourite streetwear brands at a fraction of their usual price.

Brands trading include:
Mitchell & Ness,
Gourmet Footwear,
Rogue Status,
Famous Stars & Straps,
Chrome Bags,
Dephect ,
Expensive Taste,
Santa Cruz,
Real Skateboards,
The Wild Ones,
Four Star,
Any Forty,
Anti Hero,
Stones Throw,
Official &
Classic Material.

Mr Thing,, Jake BBE, Spin Doctor, JP, Girth Devon, Diablo & DJ Snips trading in new & classic Vinyl & CDs from Hip-Hop box sets to rare Soul & Jazz LP’s.

Throughout the day an army of the finest DJs spin sets of original breaks as sampled by your favourite producers be they Hip-Hop, House or beyond.

London based Illustrator and Artist Sri McKinnon will have a pop up shop selling prints and special one off pieces.

One of the hottest talents on the London nail art scene is setting up shop so come and get pampered by Nails By Hells.

And if all of that isn’t enough, join us all for the club night on Saturday, then come back for round two (the same as round one but with hangovers) on Sunday 2nd!

On Saturday night we take over Concrete on Shoreditch High Street for the Micall Parknsun ‘Grade & Liquor’ single launch party. Featuring an incredible line icluding of Micall Parknsun, Jehst, Mr Thing, Distinction, Mo Kolours & more…
Facebook Event: Here

The King of Country Cool

Have you ever wondered who was behind Elvis’ signature style? Who made Johnny Cash into The Man In Black? And who helped all three generations of Hank Williams’ to become the stylish country boys they were/are? Well, the king of all things country attire is the one and only Manuel, also known as the “Rhinestone Rembrandt”.

Manuel measuring up Johnny Cash

Manuel learnt to sew from his brother at the age of 7, in his hometown Coalcomán, Mexico. Manuel moved to Los Angeles and worked for several tailors, but soon became bored with everyday clothing. With his flair for colour and glitz, he moved in to the world of costumes at Nudie’s famed western store, designing for the likes of Roy Rogers and the Lone Ranger. After 14 years in western wear, Manuel branched out and opened his own shop in North Hollywood, eventually relocating to Nashville in 1989 to continue his association with the music industry.

From then on, Manuel’s original designs have become the trademark of American country music. 

Jolene. Jolene.

“One night, I was on stage, and there was this beautiful little girl — she was probably 8 years old at the time. And she had this beautiful red hair, this beautiful skin, these beautiful green eyes, and she was looking up at me, holding, you know, for an autograph. I said, ‘Well, you’re the prettiest little thing I ever saw. So what is your name?’ And she said, ‘Jolene.’ And I said, ‘Jolene. Jolene. Jolene. Jolene.’ I said, ‘That is pretty. That sounds like a song. I’m going to write a song about that.’ ” – Dolly Parton

Sample This

This weekend was the first Sampled sale that took place on Saturday and Sunday. I was down to paint some nails and check out all the cute hip – hop boys that were there to pick up a bargain (or 10). Damn was it a fun weekend, amazing tunes, incredible brands at a fraction of the price and I got to paint some gorgeous girls’ nails. As I was busy, I didn’t manage to take photos, so I stole a load from the AnyForty & Sampled blogs (sorry guys!). Peep the Sampled website and start getting excited about the next one, and check out some of the nails I did here.